Larry Nance Jr. posterizes Blake Griffin on pass from LeBron James

And he shined insane bright, with career highs 22 points and 15 rebounds, shooting 9-of-15 from the field.Nance has been brilliant since he was traded to Cleveland by the Lakers on February 8. "It helps. It just gives us a little more spacing".

Tristan Thompson actually had one of his better games of the season before his injury, scoring 12 points with seven rebounds and a steal.

All those up and downs have made the Cavs fan base stronger than ever, but the team's front office has always struggled to keep their stars happy, and it always seems like they're a move away from completely falling apart. He opened the game with 11 points and seven boards in 10 minutes, making all five of his shots.

LeBron James recorded a 25-point, 10-rebound, 15-assist triple-double for the Cavaliers, who have lost four of their last six games. Jamal Murray and Wilson Chandler added 16 points apiece for the Nuggets, who are 9-3 since February 1. The elder Nance had 149 20-point games for Cleveland.

Jefferson experienced plenty of drama during his time in Cleveland, part of playing with James.

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Smith was suspended one game by the Cavaliers, and Saturday the temperamental guard addressed the latest drama in what has been a tumultuous season for the three-time defending Eastern Conference champions.

Cavs coach Tyronn Lue did not provide any specifics about Smith's onegame ba on Thursday.

"It's not really my call", the 31-year-old said on the merits of his punishment. "Whether it's the coaching staff or the guys, they have confidence in me". Follow him @RickNoland on Twitter.

By the Numbers - 23.5 ... average margin of victory by the Cavaliers over the Pistons in their last four meetings at The Q. Over the course of that four-game run, the Wine & Gold have shot.517 from the floor and.463 from beyond the arc; holding Detroit to.374 and.333, respectively. What it didn't know was that he could shoot the ball. With Kevin Love already being out with a fractured left hand suffered in January, there is severe lack of depth at the center position which is stretching Cleveland's frontcourt depth even thinner. "I liked what he did off the bench because we need that spark and that energy."But we can't dig ourselves holes at the beginning of games, either, and expect for those guys to come in and bring us back every time".

"Ain't got nothing to do with me", he said.

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